Most often your body shows signs that might be signalling the onslaught of a bigger health concern. Listening to your body may bring to your notice things that are different, odd or unexplained. Many cancer signs mimic symptoms of other diseases and is most often brushed aside. Here are 10 such telltale signs of cancer that women ordinarily ignore.
1. Breast Dimpling Or Discoloration
Lumps on breasts are not the only signs of breast cancer. Any changes on your breast, including – dimpling, nipple inverting, swelling, tenderness, slight discoloration of skin to deeper red or pink, skin texture, could be a cause of concern.
2. Postmenopausal Bleeding
It is uncommon to have period-like bleeding post menopause. If the bleeding persists and is consistent, it could be an early warning sign of uterine cancer.
It is common to experience bloating during the periods, but if you notice you are still bloated after your cycle finishes or you feel consistently constipated, it could be a symptom of ovarian cancer or uterine cancer.
4. Abnormal Periods Or Pelvic Pain
It is unusual to have irregular periods. If you have significantly heavier flow month after month, if you have bleeding between your periods or if you experience pelvic pain, get yourself a trans-vaginal ultrasound to check for uterine, ovarian or other vaginal cancers.
5. Chronic Coughing
Chronic coughing which lasts for three weeks or more without other symptoms that usually accompany a cold or an allergy, like a stuffy nose, is an early symptom of lung cancer.
6. Stomach Pain Or Nausea
An upset stomach is common and is usually gone in few days, but if the pain, accompanied by nausea, persists and shows no sign of betting better, it is recommended to get yourself checked. It might just be a stomach ulcer, but it could also be an early sign of leukaemia or oesophagal, liver, pancreatic, or colorectal cancer.
7. Unexplained Weight Loss
If there is a significant disease in your appetite and weight and there are no big life events or problems or happenings causing that, it might be an early sign of colon and other digestive cancers. It’s also a sign of cancer that’s spread to the liver, affecting your appetite and your body’s ability to rid itself of the wastes.
8. Frequent Fevers Or Infection
If you are generally a healthy person but notice yourself getting sick or feverish very frequently, it could be an early sign of leukemia. Leukemia is cancer of blood which makes your body produce abnormal white blood cells, gradually weakening the body’s infection-fighting abilities and depleting your immune system.
9. Excessive Bruising
Noticing unusual bruises on your body when there are no reason for them to be there, especially in strange places like your hands or fingers, it is important to get yourself checked. Easy, unusual bruising can be a sign of leukemia.
10. Chronic Headaches
If you are not a person prone to headaches or migraines, but suddenly find yourself popping ibuprofen everyday, it could be a symptom of brain tumor, which causes pain by pressing on nerves.